- a structure built on top of another: sometimes used fig.
- that part of a building above the foundation
- that part of a ship above the main deck
The definition of a superstructure is a building or part of a building built above the foundation.
An example of a superstructure is the lobby and floors in a high rise building.
- A physical or conceptual structure extended or developed from a basic form.
- The part of a building or other structure above the foundation.
- The parts of a ship's structure above the main deck.
- The rails, sleepers, and other parts of a railway.
- In Marxist theory, the ideologies or institutions of a society as distinct from the basic processes and direct social relations of material production and economics.
- (nautical) Any structure built above the top full deck. (FM 55-501).
- Any material structure or edifice built on something else; that which is raised on a foundation or basis
- all that part of a building above the basement. Also used figuratively.
- (UK) (railroad) The sleepers, and fastenings, in distinction from the roadbed.
- The superstructure had been destroyed by fire.
- The houses of the city are built of stone, their walls commonly showing the massive masonry of the Incas at the bottom, crowned with a light modern superstructure roofed with red tiles.
- In fact, as the span increases a point is reached at which the dead weight of the superstructure becomes so large that a limit is imposed to any further increase of span.
- The most conspicuous feature was a huge obelisk on a broad superstructure 11: the obelisk always remained closely connected with the solar worship, and probably took the place of the innermost shrine and statue of other temples.
- The superstructure of a similar gate (Porta Marzia), which was removed in 1540 to make way for the citadel, but is depicted in a fresco by Benedetto Bonfigli (between 1461 and 1 477), was re-erected in the substruction walls of the citadel itself.